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Osgood by the numbers

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 1:07 PM / Inside the Numbers

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Osgood by the numbers
Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood called it a career on Tuesday -- and what a career it was. The 38-year-old goaltender was a member of three Cup-winning teams with the Wings and is in the top 10 in career victories and the top 25 in shutouts. Osgood's retirement is sure to spark debate as to whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Here's a look at "Ozzie's" career by the numbers. Let the debates begin.

0 -- Career losses by Osgood against Tampa Bay. Osgood was a perfect 17-0-0 against the Lightning, the most wins without a loss by any goaltender active in 2010-11 against another team. Osgood had a 1.87 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage against the Lightning.

1 -- Seasons in which Osgood led the NHL in goals-against average. In 2007-08, Osgood was tops among all goaltenders with a 2.09 GAA while leading Detroit to its fourth Stanley Cup title in 11 seasons.

2 -- Stanley Cups won by the Red Wings with Osgood in goal. After watching Mike Vernon carry the load in 1997, Osgood stepped in and earned all 16 of Detroit's victories in 1998, then took over for Dominik Hasek and went 14-4 to lead the Wings to the 2008 Cup.

3 -- Teams for which Osgood had at least one 30-win season. He put up 30 or more wins four times with Detroit, but also had more than 30 wins in his one full season with the New York Islanders (2001-02) and St. Louis Blues (2003-04).

4 -- Teams that Osgood did not shut out during his career, including the Red Wings. Against teams he faced more than 15 times in his career, the only one he didn't shut out was the Phoenix Coyotes.

5 -- Shutouts by Osgood against St. Louis, the most he had against any team. He had four apiece against Edmonton, Los Angeles, New Jersey and the New York Rangers.

6 -- Most shutouts by Osgood in a single season. Three times in a four-year span (1996-97, '97-98 and 1999-2000), Osgood put up six shutouts, accounting for 18 of the 50 he had in his career.

7 -- Regulation losses for Osgood in his 10 starts against the Red Wings. Osgood faced the Wings 10 times in his career and was 1-7-2. The Wings and Ottawa Senators (5-7-2) are the only teams against which Osgood had a losing record.

8 -- Osgood's rank on the all-time list for playoff victories. He won 74 of his 129 postseason games, three behind former teammate Mike Vernon and three ahead of Hall of Famer Jacques Plante. He's tops on Detroit's all-time list with 67 playoff victories.

9 -- Regulation losses by Osgood in both 2007-08 and '08-09. He went 53-18 in regulation combined in those two seasons (plus 12 overtime/shootout losses).

10 -- Osgood's spot on the all-time regular-season wins list. He became the 10th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 400-win mark by beating Colorado 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 28, 2010. His 401st and final victory came in a 5-3 win at Edmonton on Jan. 4, 2011.

12 -- Years between appearances in the All-Star Game for Osgood, an NHL record. He was selected for the 1996 All-Star Game, then didn't make it again in 2008.

13
-- Osgood's longest winning streak. He won 13 consecutive decisions from Jan. 30, 1996 to March 20, 1996. That was part of a 21-game unbeaten streak in which he went 19-0-2.

15 -- Playoff shutouts by Osgood, fourth on the all-time list. Only Patrick Roy (23), Martin Brodeur (23) and Curtis Joseph (16) have more.

20 -- Career points for Osgood, who is one of only eight goaltenders credited with a goal. On March 6, 1996, he scored into an empty net against Hartford, becoming only the second goaltender to score a goal by shooting the puck into the net. He also had 19 career assists.

28 -- Wins for Osgood against Chicago and Dallas, the most he had against any team. Osgood finished with a 28-16-4 record against Chicago, including a win in his only 2010-11 appearance against the Hawks. He went 0-1-1 against Dallas last season, but still finished 28-12-5 against the Stars in his career.

32 -- Wins by Osgood with the New York Islanders in 2001-02, when he led the Isles to their first playoff berth since 1994. The 32 victories tied the franchise single-season record held by Billy Smith and later matched by Rick DiPietro.

39 -- Most wins by Osgood in any one season. He went 39-6-5 for the Red Wings in 1995-96 and was a big reason that Detroit set the NHL single-season record with 62 victories.

46 -- Most saves made by Osgood in a game. He did it twice -- ironically, the second time came against Colorado in his 400th career victory. Half of those saves came in the second period, when he stopped all 23 shots he faced. Osgood also made 46 saves in a 2-1 win against Columbus in November 2000.

66 -- Games in which Osgood was credited with a tie before the NHL went to the shootout in 2005. Eleven of them came in 1997-98, the most he had in any season.

185 -- Difference between wins and regulation losses for Osgood, who ended his career with 401 wins and 216 regulation defeats. Only four goaltenders -- Brodeur, Roy, Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden -- have bigger won-lost differentials.
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